Free wildflower seeds for your urban space

A great opportunity to look after native wildflowers - free seeds to sow before mid-May.

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Kew Gardens’ Grow Wild campaign is looking for community, school and workplace groups to create urban wildflower havens to enhance people’s connections with nature, and each other, while helping our bees and other pollinators. To get your free seeds, apply to Grow Wild before 31st January, 2019.

Don’t worry about any lack of plant knowledge. The seeds are easier to grow than many other plants and flowers and are an excellent way to experience the joys of growing.

Includes perennials such as Corn Marigold, Oxeye Daisy and Lady’s Bedstraw.


Pollinator Paths project at local gardens

Find the Pollinator Paths project at a local garden near you.

London supports a wide diversity of wildlife habitats, including woodlands, rivers and wetlands, heaths, hedgerows, gardens and scrub, supporting over 13,000 species. London’s gardens provide valuable habitat for a range of wild plants and animals, covering nearly a quarter of Greater London. They are a key resource for conserving London biodiversity and are also important with regards to the predicted impact of climate change by decreasing flood risk and reducing the urban heat island effect.
— www.lsx.org.uk/our-work/resilient-communities/connecting-londoners-to-nature/
London Sustainability Exchange delivers projects that engage communities with their green spaces, providing education and activities that work towards conserving and supporting biodiversity in the capital. Their work focuses on directly engaging the public because:  Gardens are a significant conservation resource, however their management is outside of government/authority control  Research shows 75% of young Londoners are not connected to nature

London Sustainability Exchange delivers projects that engage communities with their green spaces, providing education and activities that work towards conserving and supporting biodiversity in the capital. Their work focuses on directly engaging the public because:

Gardens are a significant conservation resource, however their management is outside of government/authority control

Research shows 75% of young Londoners are not connected to nature

Searching for happiness

BBC Radio 4 Start the Week, 7 January 2019

Andrew Marr starts the year in search of happiness with the behavioural scientist and happiness professor Paul Dolan. Dolan has advised the government on how to measure wellbeing, and in his latest book Happy Ever After argues that we’ve been sold a lie about the sources of happiness. The route to fulfilment may be far more unexpected that we thought.

The writer Laura Freeman deplores what she calls the current Pollyana tendencies to ‘keep smiling’ via the mood-tracker apps on your phone. Freeman recounts how she herself found an appetite for life, after years of suffering with anorexia, through her love of reading.

The science journalist Linda Geddes explores the impact of sunlight on our minds and bodies. In Chasing the Sun she looks at its significance in improving our health, sleep, productivity and mood.

But what if our mood is really affected not by our mind, but our bodies? Professor Edward Bullmore has studied the link between mental health and physical inflammation, and argues that we need to look more closely at our immune system in the treatment of depression.

Producer: Katy Hickman

Nicole de Mestre creates work inspired by environmental concerns, using found materials

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The recycled fan guards used to create "What Lies Beneath" by Nicole De Mestre is the artist’s comment on the ubiquitous and inexpensive cooling fan, often dumped on roadsides in Australia. The resources depleted to create the mass-produced fans end up as landfill, thereby adding to the ever-increasing layers that lie beneath.

Garden lime, essential to remedy acidic soil, is made from pulverized limestone or chalk. Limestone is formed from the calcified skeletons of countless tiny single-celled algae, deposited on ancient seabeds millions of years ago. The microscopic remains of these organisms bear an uncanny resemblance to discarded fan guards.

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At Eden Gardens North Ryde in Sydney, December 2018.

At Eden Gardens North Ryde in Sydney, December 2018.